Tuesday, May 21, 2013

365 day challenge - day 141 / Bushido - Day 3

Bushido - Day 3

(3) Benevolence (aka Charity) - 

Definition / Formal Thoughts

Benevolence means an act of, or a general inclination towards, charity.

From Wikipedia:  The word "charity" entered the English language through the Old French word "charité" which was derived from the Latin "caritas".[1]
Originally in Latin the word caritas meant preciousness, dearness, high price. From this, in Christian theology, caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word Αγάπε, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others. This much wider concept is the meaning of the word charity in the Christian triplet "faith, hope and charity", as used by the Douay-Rheims and the King James Version of the Bible in their translation of St Paul's Letter to the Corinthians. However the English word more generally used for this concept, both before and since (and by the "King James" Bible at other passages), is the more direct love. (See the article Charity (virtue))
St Paul's agapē was not primarily about good works and giving to the poor (And though I feed the poor with all my goods, and though I give my body, that I be burned, and have not love [agapē], it profiteth me nothing - 1 Cor 13:3, Geneva translation, 1560), although in English the word "charity" has steadily acquired this as its primary meaning, wherein it was first used in Old French at least since the year 1200 A.D..
There are three different kinds of charity: pure, public, and foreign. Pure charity is entirely gratuitous. Public charity is charity that benefits the whole rather than the individual. Foreign charity is when the beneficiary lives in a country different from where the funds or services are being sent from.
Charitable giving is the act of giving money, goods or time to the unfortunate, either directly or by means of a charitable trust or other worthy cause.

Personal Thoughts
In the first definition of benevolence, charity or "love", I would define myself as being a very benevolent person. From very early on in my life until now I have had deep empathy and love toward people. Although I do get frustrated at the human race in general, when dealing with (most) people one-on-one I strive to have a "loving-kindness" toward them and a benevolent nature.
Now, when it comes to the more modern definition of charity, this is an area I would like to continue to work on. I do volunteer (but not enough) and give my time and money to causes I believe in (but not enough), but it is an area of my life I would like to focus more of my time and resources.
note: I have given far more than my fair share to foreign charity.

365 day challenge - day 141

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